Life Design and People with Experience of Substance Abuse

  • Ilaria Di MaggioEmail author
  • Sara Santilli
  • Laura Nota


Adults with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) experience many barriers and challenges in their work and social inclusion. Moreover, use and abuse of drug is related to vocational and occupational problems and to difficulties in planning one’s own future life in personal and professional domains. Based on the Life Design paradigm that emphasizes human diversity, uniqueness, and purposiveness in work and career, in this chapter attention was paid to possible paths in career counselling in order to help people with vulnerability to re and co-construct a new narration of self to improve a social and work inclusion. Taking into account the need and the importance to promote the conditions for work inclusion for people with vulnerability, attention was also paid to resources like career adaptability, courage, and hope and their role in supporting the personal and professional future planning of individuals with experience of substance abuse.


Life design Substance use disorder Social and work inclusion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied PsychologyUniversity of PadovaPaduaItaly
  2. 2.Center of Disability and InclusionUniversity of PadovaPaduaItaly

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